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Applied Computer Science

Course Code: UFI0002, UXI0002

Level: 6
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: BSc (Hons)
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Duration: One year (FT), two years (PT)
When you'll study: Various days, 9.00am - 6.30pm

About the course

Full Fee

Full-time £8,450
Part-time £8,450 (£4,225 per year)

This top-up degree distinctively focuses on developing knowledge, skills and attributes for ethically applying computer science disciplines including machine learning and artificial intelligence to solve problems that arise for local and regional industries and sectors. The degree specifically targets the application of machine learning and data science within the wider information technology sector. You will learn pattern recognition, prediction, modern automated perception, reasoning and learning computer algorithms through leveraging high-performance computing techniques.

What you'll learn

Some of the subjects you will study include:

  • high performance computing
  • machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • bio-inspired computing
  • advanced computer forensics and security
  • project management
  • individual projects
Entry requirements

You will need to have a Foundation Degree in a relevant and appropriate subject or successful completion of the first two years of a related Bachelor’s Degree.

You may enter at level 6 with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree made up of 120 level 4 module credits and 120 level 5 module credits subject to the University of Plymouth APL (Accredited Prior Learning) regulations.

Those without the above qualifications, but who can demonstrate relevant industry experience are encouraged to apply. In addition, these applicants are required to complete Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in subject specific areas, including maths and programming.

All applicants will also be required to attend an interview.


There are a variety of assessment methods including assignment reports, practicals, exams, poster presentations and a “Dragon’s Den”.  These assessments focus on real world problems and in some cases have local and regional industry input, giving you the opportunity to reflect on the work-based learning skills that they provide.

What's next?

On successful completion you may be able to progress to the MSc in Computer Science degree at the University of Plymouth. Other options may include the MSc in Advanced Computer Science or MSc in Data Science with Artificial Intelligence at the University of Exeter.

You will, however, be industry ready for a choice of graduate positions in the region such as:

  • AI/machine learning engineer/researcher
  • Data scientist
  • Business intelligence developer
  • Software engineer
  • Big data architect
  • Research scientist
  • Computer vision engineer
  • Security specialist.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

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Course Code: UFI0002

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £8450

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

Steve Levenson

FdSc Software Development

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